Best bets: Monster Jam at Allstate Arena; Circus Spectacular at Sears Centre

  • The "Grave Digger" is featured in Monster Jam at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    The "Grave Digger" is featured in Monster Jam at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

  • Aerial acrobats perform during the Circus Spectacular, which returns to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for six performances from Friday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 1.

    Aerial acrobats perform during the Circus Spectacular, which returns to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for six performances from Friday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 1. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role of Handel's Roman-inspired black comedy "Agrippina" in select cinemas as part of The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series on Saturday, Feb. 29, and Wednesday, March 4.

    Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role of Handel's Roman-inspired black comedy "Agrippina" in select cinemas as part of The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series on Saturday, Feb. 29, and Wednesday, March 4. Courtesy of Paola Kudacki/The Metropolitan Opera

  • College of Lake County's 36th annual "Salute to Gospel Music" features Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    College of Lake County's 36th annual "Salute to Gospel Music" features Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Courtesy of Verity Records

  • Trinity Irish Dance Company performs twice on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

    Trinity Irish Dance Company performs twice on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Courtesy of Lois Greenfield

  • The movie "Stand!" -- starring Marshall Williams and Laura Slade Wiggins -- makes its U.S. premiere at the JCC Jewish Film Festival.

    The movie "Stand!" -- starring Marshall Williams and Laura Slade Wiggins -- makes its U.S. premiere at the JCC Jewish Film Festival. Courtesy of Eric Zachanowych

 
 
Posted2/26/2020 6:00 AM

Truck tricksters

Oversize trucks with names such as Grave Digger, Megalodon, Pirate's Curse and more are part of the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series this weekend at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $15-$70. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1; 7 p.m. Monday, March 2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Jewish cinema

The JCC Jewish Film Festival screens 52 films across seven venues in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Evanston, Highland Park and Skokie. Individual film tickets are $13; $11 for seniors and students. For more information, call (844) 452-2244 or visit jccfilmfest.jccchicago.org for a full schedule. Various times from Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 15

Three-ring show

See acrobats, exotic animals and more when the Circus Spectacular returns this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $20-$28; $10 parking. (847) 649-2222 or searscentre.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 10:30 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1

Power hungry

American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is the scheming title Roman empress in Handel's 1709 black comedy "Agrippina." The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series screens director Sir David McVicar's updated staging on Saturday at select participating cinemas. Ticket prices vary by venue but are largely $19.50-$26. For exact locations and ticket prices, visit fathomevents.com. 11:55 a.m. live relay Saturday, Feb. 29; 1 and 6:30 p.m. taped encore Wednesday, March 4

Celtic celebration

The Trinity Irish Dance Company performs world-premiere pieces by choreographers Michelle Dorrance, Melinda Sulivan, Colin Dunne and more as part of two repertory program performances on Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. $35-$78. (312) 341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29

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Singing praise

Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir are the featured guests at College of Lake County's 36th annual "Salute to Gospel Music" concert on Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $26-$33. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29

Percussive 'Pack'

The Tap Pack is an Australian tap dancing show that takes its inspiration from the swinging 20th century actor-singers known as The Rat Pack. The tour plays on Sunday at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $45-$50; $40-$45 students and seniors. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1

Animated stars

See animated TV characters from "Dora the Explorer," "Blue's Clues," "PAW Patrol" and more onstage as part of the touring kids show "Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music" this weekend at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $29-$79; $100-$159 VIP package. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 29 and March 1

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